On Tuesday, September 27, 2011, seven volunteers from the Lions Club planted a variety of trees at the Foundation 2 Youth Shelter.  The six trees, including one River Birch, one Crimson King Maple, two Autumn Blaze Maples, one White Pine and one Redbud, were purchased from Iowa City Landscaping and Garden Center through grant funding provided by Alliant Energy and Trees Forever.  These trees will provide shade, reduce energy costs and make our shelter a more welcoming environment for the youth and families in crisis who receive services at this building.

Trees Forever staff Karen Brook assisted Foundation 2 with selecting trees best suited for our shelter property and the most effective locations on the property to place the trees.  She also shared her vast knowledge of successful tree planting techniques with staff, volunteers and a few shelter residents.

Foundation 2 looks forward to a continued partnership with Trees Forever as they teach shelter residents how to care for the recently planted trees and about the value of trees.

The Foundation 2 Youth Shelter is an emergency shelter for youth, between the ages of 11-17, who are experiencing a personal or family crisis, which makes it necessary to temporarily live away from home. Foundation 2 services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, a youth shelter, independent living options for youth, individual and family counseling and therapy, support groups, outreach for Linn County residents and an after hours food pantry.

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